Smart staple: Flaxseeds

Used whole, ground or pressed into an oil, these little seeds can really boost your health.

What are they?

Also known as linseeds, flaxseeds are small, shiny, dark-brown seeds about the size of sesame seeds.

Why they’re good for you

Like chia seeds, flaxseeds are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They’re also rich in antioxidants and satisfying fibre.

Ways for using

  • Sprinkle whole flaxseeds over your muesli, yoghurt or salads.
  • Use flaxseed oil in your salad dressings, but avoid cooking with it as heating will destroy its healthy fats.
  • Add a tablespoon of ground LSA mix (linseeds, almonds and sunflower seeds) to a smoothie.
First published: April 2017

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